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Turkey - One Photo Is Worth 1000 Words

Evelyn Hannon

I recently received a most extraordinary gift from Turkish Airlines. Along with a select group of bloggers the airline invited me to fly business class to Istanbul, to go behind the scenes of their operation and to be a touring guest in their country. It's true that as a travel writer I have been the invited guest of many wonderful destinations before and truly enjoyed the experiences. So what made this journey so extraordinary? At the risk of making this post a blatant advertisement for Turkey let me simply say that from the moment I stepped on to one of their planes to the last goodbye to my hosts in Istanbul, I encountered hospitality with a capital H and warmth with a capital W.

I've chosen 25 photos that I hope will convey the luxurious service I revelled in on board and the Turkish welcome I enjoyed as I toured portions of the country.

On board hospitality ...

The pampering began as soon as I stepped on to the plane. It was, 'Good evening, Miss Hannon. Welcome Aboard.' Next came, 'May I store your bag for you?' (when was the last time a flight attendant actually asked me if she could lift my carry-on?). Within minutes of getting myself settled, I was offered my choice of beverage. Not at all unusual, you say. But, I reply, 'When was the last time you received this helpful service accompanied by a genuinely warm smile?' That's what I enjoyed the most. Everybody smiled as if they meant it and as if they were really enjoying interacting with me.

The flight from Canada to Turkey is a long one so a well paced food and beverage service that doesn't feel rushed is a bonus. As you can see by the photo above there were interesting choices for each course of our meal and the wine flowed freely. The tray setting was as modern and stylish as any I've seen and if I chose to dream a little I could convince myself that I was dining in an elegant restaurant back home.

The leisurely meal came to a sweet close with Turkish coffee followed by the onboard chef (yes, really an onboard chef) making his way through the aisles handing out chocolates. I tried to resist but couldn't. Glad I didn't!

And then came the sleeping. Seats in business class go all the way down and the flight attendant actually made my complete bed up for me. I can honestly say that for the first time on a long haul flight I actually slept like a baby.


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